It’s been a long and very busy week for me, hence why I haven’t been posting a lot of diaries. But I just wanted to pass this along:
Here are some real kickers from the Politico piece:
Manchin’s dug-in Friday also exposed a rare rift between him and his moderate Arizona ally. Unlike Manchin, Sinema wanted to extend the unemployment benefits past August and raised the issue on a private caucus call this week, according to a source on the call. She also could be heard on the floor, alongside Tester, trying to convince Manchin to go along with Carper’s proposal.
Manchin had hinted earlier in the week that he would exert his pull over the relief debate. In an interview, he suggested that by June or July the economy should be opening up as vaccines become more widespread and the coronavirus recedes. And he worried about paying people more than $1,000 extra a month to stay home.
And so much for his “bipartisanship” credentials:
Though Manchin’s brand is bipartisanship, his eleventh-hour dalliance with the GOP may ding his credibility across the aisle.
“To give in at this point would raise all sorts of questions. What’d they give you? Why’d you cave? There’s no way, at this point, this looks good,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) shortly before Manchin and his party reached a deal.
Manchin was so desperate and strategically stupid about finding some sort of GOP backed amendment that he could vote for to save his ass that he wanted to go along with stupid idea:
Senators have filed two competing unemployment proposals: One, from Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would provide $300 per week through mid-July, a significantly shorter timeline than what’s supported by most Democrats.
The second, from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), would provide a $300 weekly payment through September.
That’s a change from the House bill, which provided $400 per week through August. But Democrats unveiled the agreement earlier Friday, characterizing it as a deal worked out by their moderate and progressive factions.
Just going to leave this here:
Manchin’s colleagues had to explain to him why Portman’s proposal sucks:
Not to mention that Portman’s change “is not a good thing in the context of the congressional schedule,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), referring to making extra benefits expire in July.
“That would not be good for people,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) of the prospect of Manchin siding with Republicans. “He has a right to it. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of us wouldn’t be frustrated about it.”
And after all of Manchin’s dumb fuckery:
September 6th is Labor Day.
That image and headline says it all. Manchin really does look like that kid who was forced to sit in the corner wearing a dunce cap. Even his colleague, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R. WV), called it like it is:
“I have no idea what he’s doing, to be quite frank,” she said. “Maybe you can tell me.”
FYI, no I will not be blaming either Biden or Schumer for Manchin pulling this shit. His idiotic move might have been a blessing in disguise to tire out the GOP on vote-a-rama but he still looked like a huge dumb ass for pulling this move last minute. You can’t blame Schumer or Biden for this because no one can really control Manchin’s stubborn stupidity.
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Also, not letting you off the hook either, Senator Sinema:
And this one’s my favorite:
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